title_header

ERIE.GOV | Your information resource from the government of Erie County, New York


County Executive Elected Officials County Departments Living In Erie County Visiting Erie County Growing your business in Erie County State and regional municipalities

Legislator Savage’s Local Law Restricting Electronic Cigarettes is Approved


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

On March 15, 2018 Erie County Legislature Chair Peter Savage, presented Thomas and Alice Eoannou with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for March 2018, in recognition of their pivotal...

Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter J. Savage, III was joined by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn to announce his support for passage of the Child Victims Act. The bill would empower...

Legislature Chair Peter Savage, Legislator Patrick Burke, and community members joined Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz as he signed a local law banning conversion therapy in Erie County into effect....

Erie County Legislature Chair Peter Savage is pleased to announce that the Erie County Department of Social Services has issued the 2018 Operation Primetime request for proposals for qualified agencies interested...

Erie County Legislative Chair Peter Savage introduced a resolution today in support of extending New York State’s Historic Tax Credit. The credit, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in 2013, is...

Legislature Passes Measure Prohibiting Vaping in Indoor Public Places in Erie County  

Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held on February 26, 2015, the Legislature approved by a vote of 9-1, a Local Law sponsored by Legislator Peter Savage (D-Buffalo and Tonawanda), restricting the use of electronic cigarettes and “vaping” in indoor public places in Erie County that are already smoke-free. 

“The purpose of this law is to protect the public’s absolute right to breathe clean air.  This is not a ban, but rather a reasonable restriction on the use of these products in indoor public places,” stated Legislator Savage in remarks during the session.

The Legislature’s vote followed months of fact-finding, committee meetings, and public hearings in which several doctors, medical experts and public health organizations, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Buffalo-Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition, the Wellness Institute of WNY, and the Commissioner of the Erie County Health Department warned of the dangers and risks that the emissions from Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping pose to the public’s health. The Legislature also heard from school officials and students at both the college and high school levels as to the growing use and popularity of Electronic Cigarettes and vaping by teens.

Legislator Savage continued “It is incumbent upon us as legislators to ensure that our laws are updated to reflect the technology and practices of today.  We understand that many people are using these products for well-intended reasons like quitting smoking.  We are simply asking for the common courtesy that they not do so in indoor public places, so that those who do not wish to be exposed to emissions while attending movies, shopping at super markets, or enjoying meals with their families at restaurants do not have to.”

The local law will now be sent to the County Executive for review and final approval.